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Mexican Charro Pinto Beans

Post by Grasshopper » May 07 2014 3:19 pm

Grasshopper's Famous Tex-Mex style of "Charro Pinto Beans".
(Once in a while I will make a fresh pot as a main course with heated flour tortillas):

Recipe.. 1 to 1.5 lbs of dried pinto beans in large boiler pan with water and with lid-fresh ham hock-can of chicken broth-fresh garlic-fresh white onions-ground black pepper-green bell pepper and/or jalapenos-small can tomato sauce-can of petite diced peeled tomatoes in tomato juice- LOW BOIL ALL until beans begin to soften..it takes a while (1.5hrs+)- then ~10 minutes before done..add fresh Cilantro, serve in a soup type bowl, and heat Flour Tortillas) :DANCE:

Also, it is important to "add the correct amount of water in the beginning to the boiler pan with lid"..this is something that is learned through experience of trying this recipe a couple of times: Not enough H2O in the beginning cooking stages is not good and needing to add extra H2O later in the cooking stages, makes for less spiced/tasty bean broth.
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Dinner 5/7/14- Fresh Mexican Charro Pinto Beans
(less fresh Cilantro)
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Post by azbackpackr » May 07 2014 4:58 pm

Grasshopper wrote:Grasshopper's Famous Tex-Mex style of "Charro Pinto Beans".
(Once in a while I will make a fresh pot as a main course with heated flour tortillas--> igallery/image_page.php?id=5038 :) ):

Recipe.. 1 to 1.5 lbs of dried pinto beans in large boiler pan with water and with lid-fresh ham hock-can of chicken broth-fresh garlic-fresh white onions-ground black pepper-green bell pepper and/or jalapenos-small can tomato sauce-can of petite diced peeled tomatoes in tomato juice- LOW BOIL ALL until beans begin to soften..it takes a while (1.5hrs+)- then ~10 minutes before done..add fresh Cilantro and heat Flour Tortillas) :DANCE:
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Post by Alston_Neal » May 08 2014 10:36 am

Ahhhhh pintos. My very first lesson my mama taught me in the kitchen was how to sort the pinto beans. Being a single mom, we ate lots of charro beans... :)
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Post by chumley » May 08 2014 11:11 am

Ahhhhhh Charo. :)
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Post by Alston_Neal » May 08 2014 11:27 am

@chumley
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Post by The_Eagle » May 08 2014 12:14 pm

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Post by Grasshopper » May 08 2014 12:20 pm

chumley wrote:Ahhhhhh Charo. :)
In one hour 25 views of Charo pic, more than half as many as my almost full days' posting of my pot of Charro pinto beans pic :?
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Post by Grasshopper » May 08 2014 12:29 pm

Alston Neal wrote:Ahhhhh pintos. My very first lesson my mama taught me in the kitchen was how to sort the pinto beans.
You do know your pinto beans :) I neglected to mention that you must first sort-out and toss the half beans and the rocks that sometimes end up in the bag.
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Post by Alston_Neal » May 08 2014 12:37 pm

@Grasshopper
That is really a good recipe for long term car camping, since if one wanted to the ham hock could be frozen. This also helps keep the cooler cool. I just learned while cooking with cilantro that I never use all that's in the bunch and then they rot quickly. So now I remove them from the stems and dry it on newspaper. It stores great and rehydrates nicely in cooking.
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Post by chumley » May 08 2014 12:38 pm

@Grasshopper
You'd get more clicks if your photo of the pot was on a nice rack instead of the stove. ;)
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Post by Alston_Neal » May 08 2014 12:45 pm

Speaking of big plump breasts. One of our favorite dutch oven camp meals is green chili chicken.
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Post by azbackpackr » May 08 2014 1:04 pm

Alston Neal wrote:Speaking of big plump breasts. One of our favorite dutch oven camp meals is green chili chicken.
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Alston Neal wrote:@Grasshopper
That is really a good recipe for long term car camping, since if one wanted to the ham hock could be frozen. This also helps keep the cooler cool. I just learned while cooking with cilantro that I never use all that's in the bunch and then they rot quickly. So now I remove them from the stems and dry it on newspaper. It stores great and rehydrates nicely in cooking.
You can chop cilantro up real fine and freeze it in a small plastic container or bag, then use as needed, and it will taste very fresh.
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Post by PLC92084 » May 08 2014 5:23 pm

@Alston Neal
Looking forward to seeing that chicken recipe...

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Post by Bradshaws » May 08 2014 7:03 pm

Grasshopper wrote: must first sort-out and toss the half beans and the rocks that sometimes end up in the bag.

Once while in a hurry I skipped the sorting step and just thew a bag of beans in the crock pot to let them cook. While eating them later that night my daughter found a large shard of glass in her bowl :o Now they ALL get checked!
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Post by SpiderLegs » May 09 2014 5:44 am

Alston Neal wrote:@Grasshopper
I never use all that's in the bunch and then they rot quickly. So now I remove them from the stems and dry it on newspaper. It stores great
Used to spend a lot of time cleaning stems when I was in college.
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Post by azbackpackr » May 09 2014 6:02 am

SpiderLegs wrote:
Alston Neal wrote:@Grasshopper
I never use all that's in the bunch and then they rot quickly. So now I remove them from the stems and dry it on newspaper. It stores great
Used to spend a lot of time cleaning stems when I was in college.
...but now that you have lots of money you can afford to buy the pre-trimmed stuff...?? :D
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Re: Grasshopper's Mexican Charro Pinto Beans

Post by friendofThundergod » May 09 2014 8:11 am

@SpiderLegs
Used to spend a lot of time cleaning stems when I was in college.
phew so I wasn't the only one :guilty: 8)

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Post by Alston_Neal » May 09 2014 9:30 am

It never ceases to amaze me the evolution of a thread.
One of the food prep things that use to annoy me was chopping cilantro. Most seem to stick to the board and the knife.
So now I get a bowl and small scissors pretend I'm in CO. prepping "medicine" and trim all the leaves into the bowl.
Then like small Edward Scissor Hands I mince it all up. It's faster, produces more...try it. ;)
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Post by SpiderLegs » May 09 2014 12:08 pm

Yep, using scissors is the only way....for cilantro.

But to get back on track, I might have to try this recipe this weekend. Will see if Fry's has any ham hocks. Any idea how well this stuff holds up in the freezer?
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Post by Grasshopper » May 09 2014 12:44 pm

SpiderLegs wrote: I might have to try this recipe this weekend. Will see if Fry's has any ham hocks. Any idea how well this stuff holds up in the freezer?
I did post this recipe in hopes that others would try it and report back.. and it holds-up great in the freezer for later meals and/or camping trips, etc.. I should also note that all the tasty liquid broth from this recipe is a big part of the enjoyment, so best serve in a soup type bowl and not necessarily on a dinner plate ;)
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